(tune: O come, O come, Emmanuel)
O come, Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
The Lord offers to lead us out of the darkness of our narrow minds, if we will but desire it. We don’t have to make long speeches to God. One word is enough, “Yes.” The mystery of the Annunciation, which is the Gospel for today is essentially, that one word, “Yes,” fiat. As Dante would tell us, the Love that moves the sun and stars waits for our response of a loving, trusting “Yes.”
On the shoulder of Christ was placed the key of the Cross, the key that opens what no mortal can open, and that closes what no mortal can close. In the image of a great key placed on His shoulder, we recognize the figure of the Cross placed on the shoulder of Christ, the key by which heaven is opened and hell vanquished. The way of peace is the way opened before us by the Cross-bearing Christ. Christ, with the key of the Cross, opens the door before us.
Lord, we give you the key to our hearts.
Unite our hearts to Your Sacred Heart.